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As seen inUSA TODAY, March 25, 2004 Quest to play softball for Greek Olympic team takes family on
By VickiMichaelis USA TODAY
Three of Helen Farnworth's granddaughters — Stacey, the catcher; Sarah, the pitcher; and Jamie, the shortstop — could compete in this summer's Athens Olympics.
Although the prospect lends a tone of pride and excitement to Farnworth's voice, she is in Greece this week not only to watch softball but to embark on her own Olympic quest, one braided with strands of sadness. She is searching for a photo of the Greek mother she wishes she could remember.
"That," she says, "would be the best Christmas gift I could ever have."
The Olympic torch will be lit today in ancient Olympia, the start of a six-continent journey that in August will return the flame to Greece, the Games' birthplace. Beginning with today's ceremony, these
Olympics will be laced with his-tory like no other.
Including the Farnworth family history.
On Dec. 7, 1908, Elias Katsikaros married Helene Gourdomichalis in the small vil-lage of Argilia, Greece. Elias emi-grated to the USA in 1910. Helene followed in 1911. They settled in Lowell, Mass. They had seven children. Among them was a daughter, Helen, named after her mother.
"They say I looked like her," Helen says.
When Helen was 2, her mother died in childbirth. Three years later, her father died of cancer. Helen grew up with younger brother Louis in a foster home, losing all memory of her mother and the link to her Greek her-itage.
Now that lineage, since redis-covered by Helen's son, Larry, is giving three girls who grew up
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Deep roots:Greek Olympian Sarah Farnworth hugs grandmother Helen whose parents left Greece for the USA more than 90 years ago.
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playing softball together in Southern California the chance to compete for the Greek national team. All three are on Greece's Olympic-eligible roster. The team will be finalized in June.
"I'm very thrilled for them," Helen says. "Softball is their life. It's what they've been doing since they were tots."
Sarah, 25, and Jamie, 22, are sisters. Stacey, Larry's daughter, is their 24-year-old cousin.
Stacey is in Greece this week to par-ticipate in a test event at the Olympic softball venue.
Sarah couldn't leave her job as a physical education teacher and varsity softball coach at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, Calif. Jamie is a student and softball player at Long Beach State. Stacey works as a student assistant under Arizona State coach Linda Wells, who also is coach of the Greek team.
When Stacey talks about Greece, she proudly refers to it in the possessive.
"We just want to represent our coun-try in the best way, for the people, and have them respect us and realize how fortunate we feel that we're able to do this," she says.
Greek-Americans constitute the majority on the Greek pre-Olympic
roster. Four of the 21 players speak Greek; two were born in Greece.
When Athens was awarded the 2004 Olympics in the late 1990s, Greece had no softball fields, let alone a national softball team. Since the Olympic host country is qualified automatically in every event, the Greeks had a choice: build a team of Greek players who had little chance of winning even one game or recruit accomplished players of Greek lineage.
"There, of course, is the disappoint-ment that there aren't more native players," Wells says. She became aware of the Greeks' quandary four years ago when she took her Arizona State team to Greece to play the nas-cent national team. Once the ASU coaches and players saw the Greeks' skill level, they decided to give a clinic instead.
Stacey and Larry Farnworth were on that trip. When the call went out for players who could prove they had one-quarter Greek lineage, Larry, a coach since his oldest daughter, Kelly, could swing a bat, went to work.
The key was to find a copy of his grandparents' marriage certificate. Larry spent hours on the computer and on the phone, working through contacts at the Greek embassy in Los Angeles, the Greek Orthodox church in Athens and various government offices in the USA.
In August 2002, Stacey, Sarah and Jamie tried out for the team. Soon, they will have Greek passports.
Last summer, Joanna Bouziou, a util-ity player from Corfu and Aikaterini Koutougkou, an outfielder from Athens, taught their teammates to sing the Greek national anthem. They sang it after winning the B pool in the European championships in Italy. From there, they went to Athens.
For many, it was their first trip to the country they'll represent.
"Greece reminds me of L.A., the shopping, the beaches," Sarah Farnworth says. "It kind of felt like home."
This week Helen Farnworth, her brother Louis, along with Larry and his wife, Connie, will make their own pil-grimage. They will go to the small vil-lage of Argilia to ask if anyone remem-bers Helene Gourdomichalis and, more important, if they have a photo.
"When I was a little kid it never both-ered me, but now that I'm a grand-mother it does bother me that I don't remember my mother," Helen says.
In Greece, for the Farnworths and for the Olympic Games, the shards of his-tory await.
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How the USA grew more crowded How much the average number of 79.6 people per square mile in the USA rose 2000 in the 20th century:
21.5 1900
Note: The density levels for 1900-1960 include Alaska and Hawaii, which were not states yet. Source: U.S. Census Bureau’s “Demographic Trends of the 20th Century”
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APPLICATIONS:diversity, social studies, government, trends
Do you think the U.S. is densely or sparsely popu-lated when compared to other nations? Why does the Census Bureau keep track of the number of peo-ple per square mile? Would you guess that the popula-tion in your community has increased, decreased or remained the same in the last decade? How could you check your guess? According to theWorld
Almanac, there are 18,482 people per square mile in Singapore and 2,580 per square mile in Bangladesh. What would the advantages and disadvantages of living in such a densely populated country be? Considering that the most sparsely pop-ulated nation is Mongolia — with four people per square mile — how would you answer the first question in this activity?
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